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Hurst reflects on first league win of the season

14 September 2019

“We’re very happy and I think everyone has been waiting a while for that,” said manager Paul Hurst following the 3-0 home win over Morecambe on Saturday.

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The first league victory of the season was secured through strikes from Jamie Proctor, Kevin van Veen and Matthew Lund, as United saw off the Shrimps through three first-half goals.

Scunthorpe goalkeeper Rory Watson had to make a late penalty save to preserve the first clean sheet of the season, but ultimately the hosts held out.

Hurst told iFollow Iron: “I’m very pleased for everybody connected with the club because it’s been reported about us not winning on a Saturday (since February), so we’ve put that to bed and kept a clean sheet too. It was brilliant to get that victory for the fans.

“I said to the players to enjoy it for a couple of hours and then the thoughts have to be on Tuesday night and another game coming (against Oldham Athletic at the Sands Venue Stadium).

“The lads should be chomping at the bit to get back out there again and try to win another game of football.

“Hand on heart, I thought we played better against Carlisle (a fortnight ago when the Iron lost 1-0), but I did feel we carried a threat.

“The game started nervily and I got that feeling all around the ground, which is understandable, but the lads came through that.

“It was important to get that first goal and to back it up relatively quickly with a second goal just settled everybody down. After, confidence creeped back into some of the players.

“Second-half, we had some good attacking moments and also some edgy ones, because of the way it is.

“Even at 3-0, I don’t think anyone watching the game felt overly comfortable (because of the way the last few months have gone) but in the end, we kept it tight. In the end, Rory made a great penalty save and deserved his clean sheet. It will give him even more confidence as well.”

The manager confirmed after the game that Ryan Colclough “should be available” for Tuesday’s after missing the Morecambe game through a groin injury. “He’s due to train on Monday and, providing he comes through with no problems, should be alright for Tuesday night.”

Kgosi Ntlhe returned to the bench following three weeks out with a back injury, with Hurst adding: “When he went back to have another opinion on the scan there was an element of some misinterpretation with it and it thankfully wasn’t as bad as first feared.

“It still needed some rest but he’s come back into training and looked really good. So, it’s a bonus to the squad that we had him involved.”

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